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  FULL IMMERSION INGMAR BERGMAN The subject of the Berlinale Retrospective this year is legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The Festival is presenting more than 60 of his taboo-breaking films, including such classics as SUMMER WITH MONICA, THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE VIRGIN SPRING, WINTER LIGHT, PERSONA, HOUR OF THE WOLF, CRIES AND WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA, FANNY AND ALEXANDER and his final film SARABAND. Three of Bergman's actress collaborators have also been in town to introduc...

2011 My Sundance film festival

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This is an overview of my 2011 Sundance experience  For Europeans, heading to a remote mining town now ski resort and festival headquarters in Park City, Utah, tucked away in the Wasatch mountains outside of Salt Lake City, it's no simple journey. It entails careful planning several months in advance, serious budgetary calculation to secure a bed in those expensive shared- condos, and blocking extra time to your return schedule as flipping time zones wrecks havoc with your metabolism a...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival highlights of 15th edition

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16 Documentaries and 5 Dramas; a Focus on the Power of the Mediawww.hrw.org/en/iff The 15th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 23 March to 1 April, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 16 documentaries and 5 dramas, from Belgium, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guantanamo, Guatemala, Hebron, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Los Angeles, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Yemen and Yugoslavia. Many of t...

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London, announced today that four titles confirmed for the 2011 festival in March have been selected for the Sundance Film Festival, January 20-30. Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave will screen “in competition,” Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !Women, Art, Revolution and Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies are in the official selection, while Pamela Yates’ Granito will have its World Premiere at Sundance. “The Green Wave, !Women, Art, Revolution and ‘Grani...

Berlinale Shorts: The Future Today. Music in Pictures. Dada Burns Genre.

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The Berlinale Shorts is celebrating its birthday. In the section’s fifth year, the films being presented are elegant and eloquent in both form and content. They consistently and subversively question, evade, vary and expand the many possible paths open to cinema. The films leave new marks in the cinematic landscape, and show that there are no boundaries that cannot be overcome, and no formal rules that cannot be breached. For it is in breaching them that the offer for discourse arises. The fil...

My Personal Top Ten List

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  Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK  As a media junkie (guilty as charged), I cannot help but be inundated this time of the year with all manner of critics pontificating on their "top ten" favorites of the year in the worlds of film, theater, music, art, fashion, politics, etc. While in the past, anxious readers waited with breath that is baited for what the New York Times writers and other major critics singled out as the year's best cultural attractions, the in...

Stray Bullet

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Georges Hachem's Lebanese film 'Stray Bullet' sold out theaters for its two screening at DIFF 2010   It was in competition for best Middle East film at awards and won for Best Picture.   Summary: Noha is about to get married. Her family is relieved to see her take advantage of this last chance before officially becoming a spinster just like her sister. Everything seems to be going well. However, on this special Sunday of August 1976 in Lebanon, on...

The Angel Film Awards

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The Angel Film Awards – Monaco International Film Festival 2010 2nd – 5th December 2010 The Angel Film Awards in Monaco– a glamorous three-day extravaganza, where the films in competition promote, unusually, peace and love – a refreshing antidote to the usual violent and gratuitous fodder thrown at us from Hollywood. Started eight years ago by Rosana Golden and Dean Bentley, specifically to showcase non-violent films, the Angel Film Awards may eschew violence but this is n...

Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn

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Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn on 2 December On 2 December 2010 the Ghent Film Festival will present in cooperation with the city of Ghent, the province of East Flanders, the Flemish Community and Fluxys a concert in Tallinn featuring film music by Gabriel Yared, Shigeru Umebayashi and Arvo Pärt. The concert will take place on the eve of the European Film Awards in the Estonian capital, which is also the European Capital of Culture 2011 and a twin town of Ghent. ...

Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) ended with awards

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The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) ended its 10-day celebration of all things cinematic with a closing night screening of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours on Saturday, October 23 at the Prince Music Theater. The Boyle helmer capped off the October 14-24 event that launched with the Darren Aronofsky opener Black Swan, featuring an appearance and post-screening Q&A session with Aronofsky himself. This year’s festival featured 216 films, including 100 domestic and international narratives and doc...

Nominations for the 23rd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFAProductions announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2010.The more than 2,300 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 23rd European Film Awards. Leading the field are THE GHOST WRITER, Roman Polanski’s politi...

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Awards

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Hawi won Best Arab Film and Balls picked up the award for Best Arab Filmmaker in recognition for its screenplay at the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) which came to a dramatic end at the Closing Night Gala and open-air concert by superstar Ragheb Alama along the Arabian Gulf at Katara Cultural Village.The First Grader and Grandma, A Thousand Times won the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film. The prize for Best Arab Short Film went to Sirwar Zirkly’s Missi...

MPA APSA Academy Film Fund Attracts more than 40 Projects

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Projects submitted by APSA Academy members from 17 countries including Armenia, Australia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Philippines, Fiji, Lebanon, Japan, Israel, People’s Republic of China, Singapore and New Zealand are to be considered for the US$100,000 script development fund which was formed earlier this year by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).Four grants, of US$25,000 each, will be allocated to the script development of four new projects...

31 nominees for the Asia Pacific Screen awards

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Thirty-one documentary, animated, children’s and feature films from 15 countries and areas have been nominated for Asia-Pacific’s highest accolade in film with Best Feature nominees from Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the People’s Republic of China. View the list of 2010 nominees at: http://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/the_awards/nominees_2010 Winners in the fourth annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by Academy Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam...

Tall Grass Film Festival announces line up

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The 8th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will take place in and around downtown Wichita Oct. 22-24, showcasing more than 124 independent films from more than 11 countries around the world, and hosting filmmakers from all over the United States.Online ticket sales start Monday, Oct. 4; the Tallgrass Ticket Booth will open up at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday, Oct. 18. A full 21"x11" schedule grid can be downloaded here or the two-page 8.5"x11" version can be downloaded from here. A complete listing ...

Second Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup

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During a press conference at the Villaggio Cineplex in Doha this morning, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the Arab Film Competition, the first 30 titles in the World Panorama section, the Arab Short Film Competition and a Special Screening for the 2nd annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 26-30 October, will present a rich showcase including 4 world premieres. Headlining the second edition is award-winning French-Algerian director Rachid Boucha...

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Director: Preetam Koilpillai.
A group of young Tibetans living in Bangalore, India, talk about their lives and dreams and what it means to be living in exile.

Mexico: International Film Festival of Guanajuato (formerly Expresion en Corto)

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Considered the largest film festival in Mexico the Expresion en Corto Short Film Festival run annually since 1997 has morphed this year into the International Film Festival of Guanajuato. Held from July 22 – August 2, the festival has further expanded drawing more visitors and adding more programs in spite of economic constraints. According to the latest figures, an audience of close to 90 000 attended this primarily publicly funded festival which received about 2500 submissions from more than...

EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE!

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In the midst of all the Venice Film Festival excitement, I'd like to bring your attention to some good old Americana Indie-style. If the title doesn't grab you enough, like it certainly does for me, then hopefully this in-depth interview with the filmmakers Dan Finkel, (Director/Writer/Producer) and Brian McGuire (Actor/Writer/Producer) for the new witty and spirited- che spiritoso!- American Indie film Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010).     First, I...

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2010 Award Winners Announced

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The Fourteenth Annual Festival Concludes Attracting Extraordinary Films, and bestows honors on Well-Known Comedic Actor Jonathon Katz and Artists and Entrepreneurs Jon and Betty Jane Berberian The 2010 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film   • Photos by Mary Hanley Festival (RIIFF) announced the winners in this year's film competition at its annual Awards Ceremony held at the Renaissance Providence Hotel's Symphony Ballroom in downtown Providence, ...

Here's the DIFF

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Now that everybody knows why I like film festivals, this is my programme for Durban. As the city is so big and the venues far apart, I have to close my eyes and miss some excellent films such as Baaria, The Concert, Lebanon, Loose cannons, Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll and A woman, gun and noodle shop. Luckily Baaria, The concert and A woman, gun and noodle shop will be released on the SA art film circuit soon. The films in Durban cover a huge array with themes such as Ecolens, Wavescap...

Oh the Baptism, Oh the Puppets

Director: Chady Rizk.
Peter is about to direct his first long feature film. Seeking for absolute authenticity in the performance of the actors, he chooses them according to their background and studies their psyche to fit his movie’s characters. Thus it becomes a very easy game to him to manipulate the actors considering that it is something very ordinary to him in his social life. During the process, he speaks to someone about this particular subject, justifies his behavior and talks about the multiple methods of brainwashing that are applied around the world. His assistant director, also his friend, Sally is kind of a shoulder to cry on about the rejection from the girl he loves; Elizabeth. His so-called-friend Mike is the one who hacks the systems and succeeds to pull out information about the actors for Peter to study their characters. However, Peter’s unstoppable addiction to manipulation has lead to an actual tragedy among the actors…

Documentaries meet in Istanbul

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  DOCUMENTARIST raises the standards! More than 120 films from 35 countries are ready to meet the audience. Some of the most sensational documentaries from all around the world are visiting Istanbul between June 22nd-27th.   The third edition of the DOCUMENTARIST - Istanbul Documentary Days is going to take place between June 22nd - 27th, 2010 and more than 120 films from 35 countries are going to be screened at 6 different venues. Many films that are recently awarded in wor...

David Macmillan, winner of 3 Oscars, confirmed at Fest Training Ground

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David Macmillan, is a long established Sound Department expert winner of 3 Oscars, and who has worked in the highest level for five decades. David has worked with some of the best film Directors of our time, he has helped names such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Pollack, Philip Kaufman, Alan Parker, Joel Schumacher, Kathryn Bigelow, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and many others to achive their goals.   Davis is wdely recognized as one of the most important s...

Marc Price and Nancy Bishop confirrmed speakers on FEST Training Ground

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Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenons in 2009 with its film "Colin" "Colin" hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to "Colin" that was made for 50 Euros! This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote "Colin" during his day work and suddenly he was...

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